Today continues one of my favorite holiday traditions, Baking Day. Shawn, Amanda, and Michelle are up to their elbows in flour, dough, sugar, and other substances I cannot identify. Christmas music blasts from the old boom box as the oven contributes a toasty ambiance to the festivities. Magical aromas waft up the stairs drawing me like a moth to the light. I will sneak in later to wash pots and pans, and perhaps taste a few items. By day’s end my tank will be full of Christmas goodies and I will be ready for my role as the jolly fat man. Or more likely, the napping fat man.
I stumbled on a sentence in James Scott Bell’s Revisions and Self-Editing for Publication that captured my attention. Bell points out the critical need for a writer to be a reader as he states, “Everything you read adds to your reservoir, gives you more options.” That line reminded me of the words of another wise man, David, King of Israel. David advised us to fill up on the good stuff.
How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:103 (NASB)
There is so much Christmas with which to gorge ourselves. Many are engulfed in a shopping frenzy mixed with stresses amplified by the shrinking December calendar. Perhaps it is time to take a break, sit down, grab the best Book ever written and savor the sweetness of these words …
Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn…
Luke 2:1-7 (NASB)
These are words we need to devour early this season. Go ahead. Fill up. Come back for seconds if you like. The message is 100% healthy.